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for We the People of North Carolina Vol. 17 Issue 3, July 1959
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The North Carolina Highway Commission was authorized to spend over $197 million for maintenance and construction of highways in the state during the next biennium ending in 1961. This amounted to a 2.3% increase from the previous year. Salary increases and administrative costs, along with other non-highway projects such as the state prison management, will take up a bulk of the revenue earned from gasoline, motor, and other taxes.
The 1959 North Carolina General Assembly authorized state services and agencies to spend over $582 million during the next biennium to 1961. This was an increase of 12.56% from the previous year. The financial picture, given the previous year's spending and revenue, would again put the state in a deficit of over $1 million.
Over 859,000 wage earners were insured against unemployment in the fourth quarter of 1958. Pay averaged $67.86 a week, which was 5.6% higher than the previous year. However, a considerable portion of employees in the state are still not covered such as privately employed people, and public employees of state and local governments.
The oil industry marked its 100th anniversary in August 1959, and the income from petroleum operations in North Carolina continues to make an important contribution to the economy. Whether through oil consumption via motor vehicles and airplanes, or oil products such as asphalt for road and highway construction, the oil industry is essential to North Carolina's growth and expansion.
Dare County, on the North Carolina Outer Banks, is a land of firsts. It is the place of England's first colonization of the New World, and the place of the first successful flight. Both of these events are commemorated for visitors through Fort Raleigh and the outdoor drama of the Lost Colony and the Wright Brothers National Monument.
Representing 40 states and several foreign countries, more than 12,000 children are on the roster for North Carolina's summer camps. The multi-million dollar summer camp industry employs over 2000 people and focuses on activities like music, physical rehabilitation, and recreational activities.